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The owners of this house have commandeered the top floor to create their own private retreat
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View of the top floor prior to renovation.

Houses last renovated in the '80s can often present a higgledy-piggledy collection of small rooms and dark corridors. This house was no exception a second storey added in the '80s provided a cluster of small rooms, including a family room and a master suite with a bathroom tucked under the eaves.

Interior designer Vanessa McNaught of Lake Road Interior Design says the owners, Ray Haydon and Sarah Herrod, wanted to open up the entire space.

"As the existing master suite was rather small, it made sense to create one large, light-filled suite on this floor," the designer says.


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View of the glass-walled shower which separates the bathroom and dressing room in this remodeled master suite.

"The owners wanted to maximise the view, so the master bedroom was moved to the space formerly taken by the family room. The original bedroom became the location for the new bathroom and dressing room, and the landing between these rooms is now a sitting room."

McNaught says one of the biggest challenges for the project was ensuring there would be plenty of natural light in the dressing room. The solution was to create a glazed shower tower in the middle of the space. This allows plenty of natural light to filter through to the dressing room. The glass walls and a powerful ventilation unit ensure the area remains moisture-free.

A freestanding tub, positioned beneath the long window, is another luxurious touch that enhances the sense of a private retreat.

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The glass shower enclosure separates the dressing room and bathroom which features a Hoesch Foster bath.

McNaught says the contemporary design of the oak vanity unit was influenced by artist Ray Haydon's mahogany sculptures.

"Although not a copy as such, the use of dark-stained oak battens reflect a theme evident in his art. Oak also frames the vertical lights either side of the mirrors."

Rather than repeat the dark wood in the dressing room, the designer opted for unobtrusive light oak cabinetry that would help keep this area light and bright.

Nov 09, 2009

Credit list

Daniel Haydon
Hoesch Foster wall oval
Hansgrohe Axor Citterio
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Raindance shower panel
Aalto Colour
Vanity unit
Custom design, built by Dalomi Furniture
Villeroy & Boch Memento
Shower enclosure
National Glass
Toilet and bidet
Villeroy & Boch Subway
Feltex Melville in Prestbury
Venus Accad Silver from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces
Mokum Melaluca Stripe





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